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Results as reported 17/06/19

Henry Orna was the lone Thornbury entrant in a field of almost 200 runners in the 16.5-mile ‘Bristol Epic 3 Peaks Race’ on Saturday. The ‘Epic’ is a new addition to the bustling local off-road racing scene, and its circular route through the South Bristol countryside includes the three peaks Knowle Hill, Maes Knoll and Blackberry Hill. Henry produced a great run on a tough course, finishing in 2nd place overall in 2 hours 22:12 mins.

The Tour of Tameside is a four-day festival of running in North West England, which Nick Langridge returns to each year. Some choose to race on one of the days, but many, like Nick, take on the challenge of running every day with the chance to win overall and age group prizes.

Nick started the defence of his V65 crown on Thursday in wet conditions in the X-Trail 10k. The last 3k was muddy and water-logged, and the descents were becoming more precarious as successive runners churned up the course. Nick finished in 108th out of over 600 runners and 1st V65 in 45:51 mins. Friday’s evening race was a 4-mile test of endurance on the steep slopes called ‘Hell on the Fell’. After a congested start, the runners climbed over 1,000ft in the next 3 miles, before descending down the same hills in 1 mile. Nick emerged unscathed after the helter-skelter descent in 107th place and 1st V65 again in 50:43 mins.

Stage 3 on Saturday was the Hero Half Marathon. The quick turnaround after Friday’s hill run is a real challenge and the swirling winds on the course kept the runners facing strong resistance all the way around. Nick kept a steady pace as several of the other runners fell by the wayside, he finished in 102nd and 1st V65 in 1 hour 43:07 mins.

The final stage was the Dr Ron 7, which was started by marathon running pioneer and founder of the original week-long Tour, Dr Ron Hill. Nick wrapped up another successful Tour with a clean sweep of 1st places in V65 age category and 116th position in 52:05 mins. Nick’s overall V65 winning time was 4 hours 12:15 mins and of the runners who completed all 4 races Nick finished in 76th place

Thornbury RC’s Brian Godsman now resides in Sweden and when he’s not taking part in the local parkrun enjoys long bike races. Brian competed in the 300k Vätternrundan last Saturday around the Vättern, one of the many gigantic lakes scattered around Scandinavia. Brian completed this impressive feat of endurance in 12 hours 40 mins.

Elsewhere, this week’s TRC parkrun results included Carol Mosses in Bolton, who completed the course in 42:15 mins. On the Thornbury course, Natalie Bennett was the first lady to finish in 22:55 mins, followed by Peter Blenkiron in 26:36 mins, Jeremey Clothier 26:51 mins, Malcolm Carr 27:33 mins and Katherine Adams in 30:43 mins. Garry Slater ran Wotton in 21:11 mins and David Beard ran Severn Bridge in 32:01 mins. At Chipping Sodbury, Kevin Wood finished in 22:12 mins and Pamela MacLeod ran 34:24 mins.

Please send any results for publication to Matt Johnstone reports@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk

Matt

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Results as reported 11/06/19

Thornbury Running Club’s runners were out in numbers for the Bradley Stoke 10k on Sunday, with the added incentive of this race being the latest round of the club’s road running championships. Paul Saville scored top points for Thornbury’s men and was 17th place overall in 41:18 mins and 2nd in the V40 age category. Behind Paul, there were 2 other runners in the top 30; Ben Foss finished 21st and smashed his personal best in 41: 50mins, followed by Adam Frontczak in 29th place in 42:14 mins. Richard Jackson was next in 53rd in 44:25 mins.Kevin Wood and Hugh McPherson took top honours in their respective age categories. Kevin Wood finished 61st overall and 1st in the V60 age category in a swift 45:01 mins. Hugh was 1st in the V65 age category and 146th overall in 50:27 mins. They were awarded their winning prize from one of UK’s finest long-distance runners and Bristol resident, Nick Rose. As well as managing Bradley Stoke FC’s football team, Jon Welsh also finds time to race regularly. Jon finished in 141st in 50:16 mins, followed by Chris Lee in 276th in 57:47 mins. Thornbury’s top woman was Clare Evans in 298th in 58:55 mins, followed by Kathy Willott in 430th and 2nd in the V65 age category in 1:06:19 and Rachel Murphy in 447th in 1:07:12. Simon Groves was next in 472nd in 1:09:20, followed by Pamela MacLeod in 517th in 1:14:15 mins and Carol Mosses in 535th in 1:19:20 mins.

Nick Langridge took part in the Stroud Beer Race on 3rd May, an undulating 7.2-mile race around Minchampton Common with a steep climb to contend with. The top 100 runners were awarded a half a pint of beer at the finish, which Nick downed after finishing 27th place overall and 1st V60 runner in 52:30 mins. Nick’s time also broke the course record for V65 runners by over a minute.

Nick Williams raced in the Lake District at the weekend in The Scafell Sky Race. This 40k race also included a leg-sapping 3500m of climb, most of the race was on single tracks but there were some technical sections with some rocky outcrops to scramble over. As well as the difficulty of the course, it was wet and cold on the Fells and parts of the course had to be adapted for the safety of the runners. Clearly, this was not a race for the faint-hearted and Nick rose to the challenge amongst a field which included some of the top mountain runners in the UK and beyond. Nick finished in 18th overall in 5 hours 26:38 mins.

On Sunday, Thornbury’s triathletes were well represented in 2 different middle distance races, which starts with a 1.9-mile swim, followed by a 56-mile bike ride and the final section is a half marathon run. The Cotswold 113 Middle Distance Triathlon is a familiar stomping ground for some of TRC’s multi-sports athletes and is a good course for quick times. Richard Phillips was the top Thornbury athlete, finishing in 191st out of 882 competitors in 5 hours 14:16 mins. Helen Harrison was next in 582nd place overall and 138th woman in 6 hours 09:22 mins, closely followed by Clare Watt in 6 hours 10:01 mins in 588th overall and 140th woman. Clare was also 2nd in the V55 age category. Kevin Cundy was taking part in his second ever triathlon and first over this distance and finished in 598th in a highly respectable 6 hours 11:31 mins.

Dylan and Taryn Roberts took part in the Wales Triathlon in Fishguard, Pembrokeshire. The windy conditions created havoc in the sea and on the bike and the 4-lap run course included a tough climb. Dylan and Taryn drew on their previous experience of completing the Ironman Wales course in Tenby to record impressive results at this middle distance event. Dylan was 8th overall in a total time of 5 hours 10:29, including a 1 hour 34 half marathon. Taryn blew away the competition in the women’s field and was 33rd overall, she had the quickest times in all 3 sections of the race and was over 20 minutes ahead of her nearest rival. Taryn’s finishing time was 5 hours 29:16 mins.

Elsewhere, at Thornbury parkrun, Paul Saville was the first TRC finisher in 22:30 mins, followed by Andy Hollingdale 22:44 mins, Ian Shepherd 24:01 mins, Chris Foley 25:28 mins, Louise Warren 25:52 mins, Jeremy Clothier 26:57 mins, Peter Blenkiron 27:23 mins, Jodie Haines 27:57 mins, Chris Lee 28:34 mins, Hilkary Lee 29:41 mins, Mel Lloyd 31:40 mins and Rebecca Twyman 35:34 mins.

Other TRC parkrun results included Kevin Arnold at Eastville in 23:00 mins, Nick Langridge ran Stonehouse in 22:10 mins, Anne Palmer finished Pontypool in 34:37 mins and Chris Dawes scaled the Woolacombe Dunes in 28:09 mins.

Matt

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Results as reported 04/06/19

Thornbury Running Club’s membership has undergone a significant boost in recent years, and one of the contributing factors has been a regular beginner’s class led by Kevin Wood. This 9-week programme aims to take a group of novice runners and develop their stamina and confidence, with the end-goal of the course being a 5k parkrun. Saturday’s Thornbury parkrun was the setting for the 6 runners who graduated from the most recent beginner’s course, and they were vociferously cheered on by their new club mates who came out to support a fantastic effort.

At the top of the field, Nick Williams led by example and was the first to finish in a rapid 17:38 mins, followed by Dylan Roberts in a new personal best of 18:27 mins in second place. Adam Frontczak was the next Thornbury finisher in a new PB of 20:41 mins, followed by Kevin Arnold in a new PB of 22:25 mins, Angela Bushell 25:37 mins and Peter Blenkiron 26:34 mins. It was a good day for the Pritchards, both Christopher and Emma ran best times of 27:00 and 27:46 mins, respectively. Val Knight ran a PB of 28:11 mins, followed by Josie Cole 28:15 mins, Richard Illingworth 31:19 mins, Kathy Willott 32:55 mins, Rachel Hixson 35:07 mins, Pamela MacLeod 35:46 mins, Mike Bennewitz 36:16 mins, Carol Mosses 39:51 mins and Hugh McPherson 44:38 mins.

Meanwhile, there were 2 Thornbury runners at the Dursley Peaks Race on 29th May on a drizzly and windy evening. Just over 10k long and with over 300m of vertical ascent, this off-road race includes some of the area’s highest peaks in quick succession. Brendan Griffiths finished inside the top 10 in 9th place in 53:52 mins, followed by Nick Langridge in 23rd place and 1st in the V65 age category in 59:36 mins, which was his fastest time in 4 attempts on this challenging course.

On an undulating course, Andrew Darton was 15th in the 10k Wells Fun Run in a time of 38:50 mins. Jon Welsh was in Dartmoor for the Burrator 10k, a flat course which takes the runners on a loop of the local reservoir with impressive tors in the distance. On a wet day, Jon took his time to enjoy the scenery and finished in 214th place in 55:50 mins.

Elsewhere, Garry Slater ran Wotton parkrun in 20:28 mins and Henry Orna finished Severn Bridge parkrun in 19:15 mins.

Matt

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Handicap Results

The results for the handicap held last Thursday 30th May are now on the Summer Handicap Page 

The distance according to one GPS was 2.14 miles.  Handicaps were adjusted to 2/3rds of the 5 K from last year or proportion from a Park Run or 10K result where there was no previous handicap time.  And just estimated where there were no times at all.  Last year Arthur won the first handicap by some distance, this year he has come out at the other end by some distance.  There’s no knowing where he’ll turn up.

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Results as posted 21st May 2019

The second round of Thornbury Running Club’s 2019 Road Race Championships was the Berkeley 10k on 13th May. Aside from a few minor undulations, it’s a good course for a quick time and early series leaders Nick Williams and Hannah Kinloch Haken cemented their positions at the head of the men’s and women’s standings by finishing top Thornbury runners again. Nick finished in 11th place overall and smashed his personal best by a minute with a superb time of 36:13 mins, while Hannah finished amongst the top 10 women in 9th place and 89th overall with a time of 42:56 mins, also a new personal best.

Nick Langridge produced another stellar performance to win the V65 age category and finish in 93rd place overall in 43:12 mins. Ian Evans ran his way through the field in the second half of the race to finish in 97th place in 43:23 mins. Paul Thomas was one place behind Ian in 43:30 mins, followed by Richard Jackson in 112th in 44:22 mins.

Clare Watt had another good race to finish in 2nd place in the V55 age category and 150th overall in 46:46 mins. Martin Coyle finished one place behind Clare in 151st place. The next runners were Mike Bennewitz in 189th in 49:38 mins, Sean Underwood 205th in 50:32 mins, Sarah Newnes 206th 50:41 mins, Hugh McPherson 214th 51:11 mins, Jon Welsh 216th 51:22 mins, David Flemington 290th 57:16 mins, Paul Newnes 298th 57:42 mins, Suzy Cundy 322nd 1:00:27 mins, John Watt 339th 1:02:43, Simon Groves 309th 1:09:42 mins and Carol Mosses 1:19:33 mins.

After braving the 117-mile Devon Coast to Coast off-road ultramarathon by himself last year, Rob Hopkins convinced Joanne Plumbley to join him for this year’s race. Starting in Wembury on the South Coast the race crossed inland through Dartmoor and finished on the North Coast in Lynmouth. Joanne reached the finish line after 34 hours 50:47 mins of continuous effort and Rob was only 4 minutes in arrears, knocking off almost 9 hours from his time last year. It was another amazing achievement on a long list of endurance milestones for them both.

On Sunday, the #51fiver Standard Distance Triathlon in Cotswold Water Park was one of the first opportunities of the season for TRC’s triathletes to unpack their wetsuits for a race. It was contested over the Olympic distance of 1500m open water swim, a 40k bike ride, followed by a 10k run. Ian Evans was the first TRC finisher in 243rd with an overall time of 2 hours 47:46 mins (36:36 swim, 1:13:11 bike and 52:45 run). Kevin Cundy took part in his first triathlon and showed great promise to finish in 328th in 2:59:29 ( 31:59 swim, 1:23:24 bike and 53:38 run). Sarah Newnes was next in 344th overall and 66th woman in 3:01:11 mins (33:49 swim, 1:23:33 bike and 56:07 run).

On Sunday, 4 Thornbury runners travelled south to Plymouth for the hilly and hot Plymouth Half Marathon. Jon Welsh returned to his roots for his first effort over the half marathon distance, he finished in 1651st place in 2 hours 09:23 mins. Ellyn Pyne was the next Thornbury runner to finish in 2276th place in 2:23:53 mins, followed by Rachel Murphy 2570th 2:31:02 mins and Magda Johnson 2:39:58 mins.

Paul Thomas was the first to finish Thornbury parkrun in 20:56 mins, followed by Martin Abrahams in a new personal best of 23:20 mins, Mike Bennewitz 25:15 mins and Rebecca Twyman 23:33 mins.

Other TRC parkrun results included a 20:07 min run from Tom Usherwood in Stonehouse, Garry Slater ran 20:24 mins in Wotton, Ian Shepherd ran 25:05 mins in Pomphrey Hill, Moray Sloan ran 22:21 mins in Burnham and Highbridge and Matt Johnstone ran 19:29 mins at Somerdale Pavilion. At Chipping Sodbury, Henry Orna ran a new PB of 19:04 mins, followed by Jay Bartley 25:14 mins, Chris Lee new PB of 25:56 mins and Pamela MacLeod 34:20 mins.

On Severn Bridge, Paul Harrod broke the 19 minute barrier for the first time with a fine 18:52 min effort, followed by Kevin Wood in 21:53 mins and Clare Evans in 28:33 mins.

Matt

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Results as posted 13th May

Thornbury’s women were well represented at Tewkesbury Half Marathon on Sunday. On a good course for fast times, Jodie Haines broke the 2 hour barrier with an excellent effort, finishing 330th overall and 61st women in 1 hour 53:43 mins. Rachael Underwood and Rachel Huke crossed the line together in 674th and 675th place overall and 241st and 242nd woman, respectively, in 2 hours 18:42 mins. Katie Dent was next in 776th overall and 308th woman in 2 hours 35:42 mins and Cathy Watkins made a welcome return to long-distance racing and finished in 800th place overall and 326th woman in 2 hours 40:53 mins.

Stroud 10k started in the town centre before heading off-road into the Cotswold hills. Due to some lacklustre course marking, Mike Bennewitz and several of his fellow runners found themselves in no man’s land and searching for the course. Thanks to a kindly runner from Cirencester with a keen sense of direction, Mike got back on track and finished in 16th overall and 3rd in the MV60 with a time of 1 hour 07:34 mins.

A couple of results which escaped last week’s report was Julie Taylor and Pamela MacLeod in the Bristol 10k. Julie finished in 7964th place in 1 hour 6:44 mins and Pamela finished her first 10k in 9148th place 1 hour 13:52 mins.

At Two Tunnels running festival in Bath on Sunday, Elizabeth Dix ran in the 10k race and finished in 308th place in 59:14 mins.

On Saturday, the top 10 finishers at Thornbury parkrun all recorded personal bests. Thornbury RC’s top runner was Henry Orna, who finished in 2nd place in 19:02 mins. Colette Jackson was next in 23:21 mins, followed by Ian Shepherd 24:54 mins, Chris Lee 26:13 mins, Martin Smith 26:34 mins, Jeremy Clothier 27:10 mins, Hilary Lee 28:25 mins, Anne Palmer 34:07 mins, Carol Mosses 39:15 mins and Rebecca Twyman 49:56 mins.

At Wotton parkrun, Paul Saville ran a new personal best in 20:51 mins and Chris Dawes ran the Somerdale Pavillion parkrun course in Keynsham for the first time in 22:01 mins.

Berkeley 10k results next week.

Matt

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Results as reported 7th May 2019

A team of 12 Thornbury runners were in fine form at Bristol 10k on Sunday with a host of new personal bests recorded. Andrew Darton took full advantage of the perfect running conditions, finishing an impressive 119th out of over 13,000 runners in a new personal best of 37:48 mins. Phil Lucker was next to finish in 202nd in 39:06 mins. Paul Harrod started further back but navigated his way through the crowds to reduce his previous best by over a minute and dip under 40 mins for the first time, finishing in 275th in 39:56 mins.

Kevin Wood ran over a minute quicker than last year in 880th place in 44:14 mins, followed by Paul Thomas in 1728th in 47:47 mins. Chris Lee was running in his second 10k in 2 weeks and finished in 3266th in a new best of 52:43 mins, followed by Christopher Pritchard in 3403rd in 53:03 mins.

Rachael Underwood was the first Thornbury woman to finish in 3999th in a new personal best of 54:40 mins. Liam Symonds-Barry was next in 4377th in 55:35 mins, followed by John Fox in 509th 57:27 mins and Valerie Knight in 5188th in 57:30 mins. Kathy Willott finished in 7960th in 1 hour 6:43 mins.

Over the Bridge in Newport, the second running of the Newport Wales 10k and Newport Wales Marathon attracted 6,000 runners looking to take advantage of the flat and fast course. Jay Bartley took part in the 10k and ran a very well-paced race, speeding up over the second half to finish in 616th place in 51:51 mins. In the marathon, Matt Johnstone and Neill Roff were flying the Thornbury RC flag. Matt started brightly but paid the price in the final 10 miles for the over-ambitious pace in the first half and finished in 281st place in 3 hours 23:20 mins. Neil finished in 1881st in 5 hours 23:45 mins.

Saturday’s parkrun results included a sub 20 min effort from Paul Saville in Cardiff, finishing in 19:58 mins. Experienced parkrun duo, David and Anne Palmer, ran the Prudhoe Riverside course in Northumberland for the first time, David finished in 26:56 mins and Anne finished in 33:59 mins.

William Hamilton was second overall at Thornbury parkrun in a new personal best of 21:32 mins, followed by Hannah Kinloch-Haken in a new personal best of 21:32 mins. Hannah was also the first woman to finish. Kevin Arnold ran 23:26 mins, followed by Henry Orna in 23:34 mins, Colette Jackson 24:31 mins, Mike Bennewitz 25:48 mins, Martin Smith 27:45 mins, Rebecca Twyman 31:47 mins, Richard Illingworth 32:59 mins and Carol Mosses 39:40 mins.

In preparing for her move to Sweden, Angela Bushell ran 26:37 mins on the Skatas course in Gothenburg.

Matt

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Results as reported 30th April 2019

London Marathon fever gripped the nation on Sunday and amongst the legions of elite athletes, club runners and running Big Bens there were 3 Thornbury runners taking part. Dave Beard was competing in his first road marathon since 2015 after several years running ultra-marathons, including the celebrated UTMB in the Alps last year. Dave used some of the downhill sections in the first half of the London course to good effect and crossed Tower Bridge at the midway point in 1 hour 34 mins. Despite suffering from cramps in the latter stages, Dave reduced his previous best by a massive 30 minutes to finish in 4236th out of 41,000+ runners in 3 hours 16:29 mins.

South Glos Police Sergeant and Thornbury runner Sean Underwood was part of a fundraising team for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of family friend and BBC presenter Rachael Bland, who sadly passed away last year from Cancer. As well as raising an incredible sum of money, currently over £18,000, Sean had the extra satisfaction of reducing his previous marathon best by over 20 minutes and broke the 5-hour barrier in 4 hours 58:11 mins in 29876th place.

Suzy Cundy had left no stone unturned in her preparation for this year’s race; logging the long runs in all conditions, completing a 20-mile race in March and raising money for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. The sacrifice proved worthwhile as she finished in under her target time in 36945th place in 5 hours 41:39 mins.

A race which slipped last week’s result section was the Hanham Horror, which was run on Easter Sunday. Nick Langridge was the lone Thornbury runner taking part in this 6-mile multi-terrain course which included water crossings, 100 steps and a steep rope climb near the finish. Nick lost focus for a moment on one of the off-road sections and came tumbling down. Quickly surveying a few cuts and bruises, Nick dusted himself down and once again proved his hard Northern credentials by making it to the finish in 47:40 mins in 41st place. Nick was patched up at the minor injuries unit at the hospital, so missed out finding out he had also won the V60 age category.

The Frenchay 10k on Sunday is a road race with a long history and some gruelling hills. Recent Thornbury recruit Adam Frontczak was the first TRC runner to finish in 34th place in 41:49 mins, followed by Paul Saville in 42nd place in 43:18 mins. Nick Langridge wasn’t going to let a few flesh wounds keep him away from the start line and he was next in 69th in 45:15 mins. Chris Lee was 309th in 58:18 mins.

The Horton Bull Run is an undulating 4.25-mile race along the Cotswold country lanes surrounding Horton. Paul Harrod was on the charge near the front of the race and finished 10th in 26:24 mins.

Saturday’s parkrun results included Kevin Arnold in Worcester, who ran 23:28 mins. In Thornbury, Paul Thomas ran 21:50 mins, Rebecca Twyman 31:35 mins and Nigel Hale 31:43 mins. Paul Saville ran Chippenham parkrun in 21:11 mins and at Chipping Sodbury Kevin Wood ran 22:31 mins, David Palmer 27:25 mins and Anne Palmer 33:41 mins. Henry Orna ran 25:12 mins at Pomphrey Hill and Romeo Maddalena ran 27:47 mins in South Africa at Atlasville parkrun.

Matt

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